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Keira Knightley Gets It Off Her Chest and Says No to Digital Breast Enhancement

By July 29, 2008

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Actress Keira Knightley isn't perfect. That's according to those Hollywood types who felt she wasn't well-endowed enough and digitally enhanced her breasts in previous films. Feministing.com reveals this sad 'truth' along with the fact that one of its editors, Courtney Martin, will be on ABC's Good Morning America today to talk about body image and the media.

As the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body, Martin's done a boatload of research on this topic; she writes that Knightley has made it clear to the people behind her latest movie, The Duchess, that no one is to tamper with her body this time. As Martin puts it:

Keira isn't telling young women anything they don't already know. We've watched Next Top Model. We've taken media literacy classes. What she is doing--and it's significant--is reminding us to honor what we already know: namely that the images we see every day on television, in magazines, online, are notoriously technologically-altered and unrealistic. It's not willpower that makes these women's bodies perfect--it's money, money, money, and a splash of genetic predisposition.
Many of us who have been 'round the block a few times may just shrug and say, "So what? It's par for the course." But Martin's book goes into great detail about how these images nevertheless worm their way into the thinking of girls, teens, and young women...and make us sick about who we are. Every time a well-known celebrity stands up and says, "I'm good enough. Don't you dare change me or judge me," she chips away at impossible media stereotypes and puts another crack in the artificial facade of how women are 'supposed' to look.

Keira Knightly isn't the first to do this. And you know she won't be the last. Over time, those chips and cracks will take their toll...and that facade will finally crumble to the relief of us all.

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July 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(1) Whiteknyght says:

I guess this would hold more “weight” if Knightly wasn’t such a walking ad for starvation like a lot of modern actresses.

As the picture on your blog indicates… it looks like this lady needs to eat and put on a few pounds. I think that says more to public image and role model to young girls than whether an actress was given digital pasties in the post production phase.

She’s an actress… make-up and costume and “accessories” are commonplace.

October 9, 2008 at 3:39 am
(2) Isis says:

She’s “a walking ad for starvation” just because she’s thin?

Does every thin person “need to gain a few pounds”? Believe it or not, some people are naturally very thin. My mom is. I have several friends who are as thin or thinner than Ms. Knightley. She has always been thin, is clearly very naturally thin, and is apparently quite muscular and healthy.

Saying that naturally thin people need to gain weight is just as wrong and insulting as saying that naturally heavier people need to lose weight.

I agree that thinness is overly glorified in our society, but that doesn’t make it okay to insult people who happen to be thin.

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